);
New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks following surgery to repair torn meniscus

Zion Williamson
Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without their star rookie to start the 2019-20 season.

The team announced that Zion Williamson underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus. His timetable to return is six to eight weeks.

According to the New York Times' Marc Stein, six weeks would sideline Williamson for 20 games, eight weeks would sideline him for closer to 30 games.

Zion had a ton of success in four preseason contests for the Pelicans averaging 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 71.4 percent shooting from the field. New Orleans will have to find a way to stay afloat without their rookie phenom, as they have the third-hardest schedule in the league prior to the All-Star break, according to NBA.com's Micah Adams.

Williamson is considered the heavy favourite to win Rookie of the Year and the number of games he misses to start the season could have a major impact on that as well.

The Pelicans are set to take on the Toronto Raptors without Zion on opening night.

More from NBA.com

Nate-Bjorkgren-092320-ftr-getty.jpg
Report: Raptors assistant interviews for Pacers job
Scott Rafferty
kenny-atkinson-nate-mcmillan
Who are the best coaches for the available jobs?
Gilbert McGregor
adam-silver-092320-ftr-getty.jpg
Silver: Next season likely to start in 2021
Tim Reynolds
celtics-heat-ftr.jpg
What to watch in Celtics-Heat Game 4
Kyle Irving
smart-dragic-ftr.jpg
The adjustment that brought Celtics back in ECF
Kyle Irving
BreeinTyree
Potential undrafted free-agents Raps should target
Eric Fawcett
More News